"Staggering new live album from this legendary underground post-Velvets country –honk outfit and big VT faves"

"Live they are an absolute dream, as anyone who witnessed their legendary – and completely incongruous – set at Glasgow’s Instal fest back in the day. Vocalist Peggy Snow can re-think traditional folk phrasing with alla the heartbreak of your favourite Christmas carol, power-beaming visions of angel choirs into the simplest two chord folk lament as on the staggering “Lay The Cloud Thin”, with its stratas of female vocal bliss. Their mutant take on Doctor Ross’s original Sun recording, “Boogie Disease”, pretty much re-locates it to Saturn, with glorious New Angloid Sound-style kazoo hysteria and a Half Japanese-plays-Diddley-beat feel. It’s jaw dropping. And when the sound of “Roman Aqueducts” comes marching in it feels like the Albert Ayler jug band playing hallelujah in the face of the final judgement. Peerless American goodtime music straight out of the mystery zone and a major contender for one of the last-minute records of the year. Love this group so much – highest possible recommendation!" @volcanictongue

The Cherry Blossoms Live in Amsterdam is one of the very first Noise Problems recordings. Actually its one recording that helped kickstart the whole thing back in February 2008. The Cherry Blossoms come from Nashville, Tennesse. Legendary among the folk art, avantgarde scene they are unique in their own right. Incursions and experiements with traditional country music and the freedom each band member has gives life to this free form psych folk ensemble.

A while back we where contacted by Peggy Snow wondering about the master tapes for the Amsterdam show. They where in contact with Chicago based label Hairy Spider Legs and wanted to release a vinyl format album. We were thrilled by the idea went into the Noise Problems vaults retrieved the masters and 11 months later The Cherry Blossoms - Live in Amsterdam was out.

In CD and LP formats the 7 track live album is available through the Hairy Spider Legs website or you can order from us a vinyl copy if youre in Europe. One of Volcanic Tongue's record of the year 2013

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Thomas "Tommy Tornado" Streutgers is a 31 year old saxophonist from The Netherlands. A saxophone player "who is so connected to his instrument that he has blown more air through his mouthpiece than he has exhalled!" At just 17 he won the Big Boss Jazz Award and has been a rising star ever since...

His first solo album "Sunrise" was released in 2009 on RRR Rude Rich Records with features from Jamaican legends like Dennis Alcapone and Winston Francis and other upcoming international artists like Osagyefo and Soulmack.

The CD release party at the Pacific Parc club in Amsterdam was memorable with Tommy Tornado and a "Dynamite" horn section performing many of his new cuts backed up by The Rude Rich & the High Notes, one of Hollands greatest reggae acts.

Source: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Tommy_To...
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A big part of the Noise Problems collection comes straight from the OCCII. An amazing program led by several people in unisson. At the cusp of the wave there's Sjoerd and Rogier who can both testifie for the DIY approach used in running a legendary place like the OCCII as oposed to other somewhat more mainstream venues in Amsterdam. From Knik, the OCCII organized zine with an eye on culture, the interview with Sjoerd and Rogier sheds some light. 

In its 20-plus years of existence, OCCII has been run largely by volunteers, allowing the venue to offer a diverse program while remaining cheap to attend. The volunteers come and go, but for more than ten years, on any given day, chances are high that you’ll find Sjoerd Stolk and Rogier Smal at OCCII. Sjoerd behind the computer or mixing desk, and Rogier as a handyman repairing any one of the many things in need of his attention. They share their memories and thoughts on the place where they’ve come to spend so much of their time.

Even though OCCII has no centralised programming, since the early 2000s Sjoerd Stolk has been the embodiment of OCCII, sometimes literally. It’s been the case that bands would collect their instruments the night after a show at OCCII, and Sjoerd would still be there: cleaning or sleeping. For years he’s kept OCCII going, by ensuring a high-quality programme, running errands and taking on odd-jobs, with the help of a large pool of volunteers, who, apart from offering assistance, often need to be assisted themselves. It’s hard to get time to talk to Sjoerd, because he’s always hard at work. Rogier Smal, with whom Sjoerd works for the record label Toztizok Zoundz, and has organised countless shows, first heard of OCCII when he played there for the fist time in the mid-nineties. On a sunny spring day, the three of us take a walk outside to talk OCCII.

“I remember the first time I ever came here,” Rogier says, “I was 16 or 17, so it must have been ’95 or ’96, something like that. I’m from Stoutenburg, near Amersfoort, and it was a major thing for me that I was going to play a show in Amsterdam. I had pictured a venue where lots of tough punkers would go. And, of course, you want to be tough yourself when you’re 17 and you’re in a punk band. But when we arrived, there was this banner near the stage from De Kinderpret, the Wednesday’s children’s programme. And there was a dragon on it. It was a lot less tough than I’d imagined OCCII to be.”

Read the rest of the interview

Source: http://occii.org/knik/rogier-smal-and-sjoe...
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